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Martinet has two general meanings. Most commonly, it is used to describe a multistrand whipping device that is usually leather. It is used in BDSM.
The second general meaning is a person who demands complete obedience and adherence to strict rules of conduct. The dominant partner in a BDSM relationship is a martinet.
The noun 'martinet' is derived from the name of a cruelly rigid and demanding 17th Century French army officer.